Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

I is for Ireland Colliery and Chesterfield Band

Ireland Colliery and Chesterfield Brass Band

It is thought that a brass band has existed in the Chesterfield region for over 150 years.  Brass Bands are a distinct part of the coalmining heritage of Britain.  Most of the Brass Bands were funded through the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO).  Since the terminal decline of the deep coalmining industry over the last few decades and the subsequent loss of finances, many bands folded.  However a few survived and the present Ireland Colliery band is an amalgamation of three former bands.  The Ireland Colliery Band, the Chesterfield Band and the Pearsons Pottery Band amalgamated to form Ireland Colliey and Chesterfield Band in the late 1980′s.

Ireland Colliery was situated near Staveley in North-East Deryshire.  It closed in 1985.

 

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    David June 16th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    A handful of Mining connected Brass bands still exist in the Notts Coalfield; Bestwood Black Diamonds, Thoresbey Dosco Band, Newstead Miners Welfare and I think East Kirkby Miners Welfare still play.

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    Pauline Elliott March 30th, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Hi information on Ireland band my Fatherin law was Conductor from the late 50 to about 1970 is name is Eric Elliott in sons Kneale Barry and daughter Merle also played in the band they lived on Ireland Street they moved to Markham Crescent then Eric went to be conductor at Bolsover
    Regards Pauline

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    David March 31st, 2019 at 8:24 am

    There is an exhibition called ‘Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)’ currently touring the region and it features an image of the Pleasley Colliery Brass Band in front on the headstocks. The Exhibition is on at Chesterfield Museum from Thursday 4th April 2019 (a launch event) until Saturday 27th April 2019. Later venues include Harworth & Bircotes Town Hall, the National Coalmining Museum for England and Conkers Discovery Centre. Comments and reflections on the role of the coal industry in the East Midlands are welcome. There are voting slips and voting cards plus a ballot box as part of the exhibition. The exhibition is funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University.

 

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The MuBu Coalmining Project took place from April 2010 to the end of March 2012.  The remit was two-fold - firstly to see how the once vast coalmining industry in the East Midlands was represented in the Heritage sector and secondly to bring aspects of social media to that representation. The Coal mining project was funded by Renaissance East Midlands (REM) and the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) at the University of Nottingham. The Bursary holder was Dr. David Amos who completed a PhD on the 1984-85 Miners Strike in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield. David is an ex miner, having worked in the deep mining coal industry at Annesley Colliery for 24 years.

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